The California Wine Institute has moved to allay fears that it is withdrawing support from the UK market, following the announcement that it is to close this regional office.

It has been announced that the UK office of the Wine Institute of California in London, is closing.

Wine Australia, the generic body for the Australian wine industry, has announced that the value of exports grew by 11%, driven by bottled exports, particularly at higher price points, from July 2015 to June 2016.

Michel de Bustros, founder and CEO of Château Kefraya has died. He was 87.

Two leading figures in the UK wine trade are hoping that the UK leaving the European Union could bring back the imperial pint for champagne.

Almost half of Chinese imported wine drinkers purchase wine online, according to a new Wine Intelligence report.

The Codorníu Raventós group has made Diego Pinilla its new chief winemaker.

Jackson Family Wines has made Warren Adamson its new sales director Europe.

The board of of leading Chilean wine producer Viña Santa Rita has made Baltazar Sánchez Guzmán its new chairman. Arturo Claro Fernández has been appointed vice chairman.

Austria's wine export revenues in 2015 declined for the first time in eight years.

Delicato Family Vineyards, a worldwide exporter of California wines. has announced a partnership with ASC Fine Wines, a leading distributor of imported wines in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

German wine drinkers are becoming more interested in wine, according to a new Wine Intelligence report.

Dates for the second Willamette: Pinot Noir Barrel Auction have been announced. The event takes place on March 31 and April 1, 2017

Napa Valley Vintners, which represents 525 Napa Valley wineries, has added two more countries, Korea and Singapore, to its list of places that have agreed to respect the Napa Valley name related to the sale and production of wine.

Champagne Bollinger has discovered some ‘reserve wines’ that date back to the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Both side of the Andes have been affected by untimely rain this year producing one of the most ‘oenologically challenging’ vintages in recent times, particularly in Chile, according to Santa Rita Estates’ director of vitiviniculture Eduardo Alemparte.

English wine producer Bolney Wine Estate has been selected to be on the menu at the Wimbledon tennis championships for a second year running.

The 2016 New Zealand grape harvest has finished, with high quality fruit being picked across the country, according to New Zealand Winegrowers.

The regulatory board for Spain’s sparkling wine, cava, has announced a new premium classification for cavas made with grapes from an exceptional estate or terroir.

Major South African drinks producer, Distell, has confirmed a three-year sponsorship of the Africa-based Team Dimension Data Qhubeka cycle racing team.

Speaking ahead of its new marketing campaign, Enchanting life, Olivier Legrand has told Drinks International the world's third largest champagne brand sacrificed sales in the short term to protect its future.

There is an astonishing level of consumer confusion in an increasingly proliferated wine industry, according to wine consultant Mike Paul.

Aimé Guibert RIP

16 May, 2016

Aimé Guibert, the founder and winemaker of the Mas de Daumas Gassac estate, passed away on Saturday May 14, aged 91.

Amorim, the world’s leading maker of natural cork stoppers, claims to have achieved a major technological breakthrough.

Master of wine Tim Atkin believes the 2015 vintage in Bordeaux is the best since 2010 but says it is nevertheless mixed.

The Champagne Academy has celebrated its 60th anniversary and launched the 2016 programme of its annual trip to Champagne next month (June).

English Wine production in 2015 was still the second highest volume recorded despite cool conditions and smaller grapes, according to latest Wine Standards Branch figures. 

Kingsland Drinks is launching a sweet-shop inspired range of fusion wines to capitalise on the demand for fusion drinks.

Australian winemaker Neil McGuigan has joined forces with Hunter Valley-born TV presenter and chef John Torode to create a Pinot Noir Rosé.

Denbies Wine Estate will be exhibiting at the London Wine Fair 2016 for the first time. 

English sparkling wine brand Nyetimber has announced the launch of its second Tillington Single Vineyard vintage. 

The Esporão and Save Tua Platform launched the “Last Days of Tua” campaign in March this year in order to raise the public’s awareness towards the end of The Foz Tua dam  - which will lead to coastal erosion - and the effect on the region’s wine production.

Only about 8% of wine farms in South Africa make money, according to a leading winemaker from the Rainbow Nation

Exton Park has announced the launch of a 100% Pinot Meunier Rose, which, the producer claims is the first of its kind in England.

Organisers from London Wine Fair 2016 have announced there will be over 400 grape varieties showcased at the event.

Kingsland Drinks will showcase a new portfolio at London Wine Fair 2016 this month after completing its strategic integration of two businesses. 

Badet Clément is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an introduction of a 50,000HL winery. 

Côtes du Rhône Wines exports have increased worldwide due to rising consumer confidence in the quality of the wines, according to the latest figures.

New Zealand wine brand Cloudy Bay is returning for a fourth year to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The United Kingdom Vineyards Association has named Barry Lewis as its first chief executive officer.

The Simpsons Wine Estate is starting on ‘phase two’ of its sparkling wine development by preparing its second vineyard site for plantation in mid May. 

Wines of South Africa has launched a new UK generic tasting for the trade only, called ‘Intrepid South Africa’.

Kingsland Drinks has this week unveiled its carbonation line, making it the ‘first UK bottler company to sparkle wine’.

Burgundy producers have approved a new ranking system for sparkling wine Crémant de Bourgogne.

P&S Commercial Group has launched a brand of wines from Chile in partnership with Viña Santa Irene.

In the April edition of the magazine Drinks International published the results of its Wine Design and Wine Marketing Awards, Christian Davis reports.

Total champagne shipments in 2015 are up 1.7% on 2014, to 312,531,444, bottles, the highest volume figure recorded since 2011, according to the CIVC (Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne).

González Byass has announced that it has bought the Rías Baixas winery, Pazos de Lusco.

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, has become the ninth Great Wine Capital.

Casella Family Brands has announced plans to establish a base in England to better manage its Yellow Tail brand in the UK with a long-term aim to  extend into other European markets.

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